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. and then sara. wondering what the relationship was between martha and either of george mason's wives? >> they were friendly neighbors know, they never became intimate friends. friendship was a political casualty. but after the constitutional onvention, which, of course, washington sanctioned and mason it spelled in , many ways an end to their friendship. twitter, george and martha washington, quite the power couple. we close out bringing us full circle, what are the important things for people to the influence of martha washington. >> i think it's important to powerful she and on and how dependent he was her. his achievements were his achievements. him aving her there with made them much more possible. >> i think that's true. defined influence in a way that perhaps contemporary have difficulty understanding. but the fact of the matter is, she was the most influential of the earth face with the president of the united states. this says richard norton of george graphy washington patriarch still available if you'd like to learn we've been talking about the book "martha ashington" with
mt. vernon love story by mary higgins clark. and she said that -- that no one ever called martha washington martha. she was always called patsy as lady bird johnson was never called claudia. so i was just wondering, you mentioned in his letters when he referred to her in his letter that it was just mentioned on the telephone that he did call her patsy. and i also wanted to mention that in the story that i'm reading about martha and george washington that the house, mt. vernon, was originally the home of his half brother, george washington's half brother. that he lived in a smaller farm. and i wondered if you are going to talk anything about his years as a surveyor or is this really about the years with martha as an adult? >> thank versus much. this is actually martha washington's time in the sun. so we won't talk about george's early career. what about the nickname patsy? >> patsy, pat, patty were the nicknames for martha in those days just as peg or peggy is a nickname for margaret. the martha nickname has fallen out of favor. nobody was named patricia back then. the only patsie
first lady from martha washington to ida mckinley. tonight, we focus on first lady eliza johnson. ♪ > she was close to being broken by the time she went to the white house. >> this is the earliest existing house. they lived here in the 1830's and 1840's. >> she was educated and taught school. >> she would work. the north and south fought all over the civil war. it changed hands 26 times. they did have domestic help. >> it was used as a hospital, it was used as a place to stay and it was destroyed. >> eliza wasn't able to get out much. >> she brought home many gifts. >> this is the room she returned to. >> she is obscure. she's who he needed. >> abraham lincoln's assassination weeks after his second inaugural shocked a war- ravaged nation. johnson's wife eliza was 54 years old when she was thrust into the role as first lady. he navigated the end of the civil war, reconstruction in the south and his own impeachment. this week on "first ladies, the life and times of eliza johnson." we learn more, let me introduce you to our two guests. jacqueline burger is in the midst of a biogra
. present herself? the dais and -- > they built it to the blue room. we were here for martha, i said here was no dais in the receiving room. she sat on a sofa. been so d have anti-republican. angelica didn't know better. and francen victoria and she thought she could be platform,he built the wore the ostrich feathers and in white. after the newspapers and particularly after the whig talking ns took over about born with golden spoons in their mouths and wasting the they actually tore out the platform. well flipside of it, how did the europeans receive the first couple? allow. liked her a >> louis felipe thought she was incredible. storm.ook europe by >> did that help with international politics? the image? not exactly. ngelica's mother's brother was the minister of the court of 126789 james. a holdover from that administration. van buren kept him on. stuff because he was a slave breeder by an irish militant. growing tension there. on he publicity of angelica the positive side didn't really cover up those deeper problems. > tonight we're telling the story of two widowed presidents for them
to the lady would be that i noticed during this family vacation with the president's family was gone to martha's vineyard, they left bo the dog at home, and sent a marine helicopter to bring it back at a cost of over $300,000. i would like to know why that is not talked about more. host: more about the president there. guest: i do not know where the facts are coming from, but i find that intriguing, and if that is true, that is certainly something reuters would want to know about and write about. i have a long record in journalism looking into the -- exactly that kind of thing. i will take that note home with me. host: a couple of callers are mentioning the white house, and twitter, the same thing. we have been talking about rules congress wrote for itself for travel. you have a sense of how the white house works in this area. how he decides where they are going? is anyone oversee those decisions because we are hearing it from callers? guest: i do not know the full answers. it would make for interesting inquiry by rick or any other journalist. it is just as carolyn's story about africa goes, i
, martha washington to angelica van buren. first ladies, weeknights all this month. on c-span. house minority leader nancy pelosi answered a reporter's question. >> i'll add to that if you tell us about your glasses. >> they are google glasses. you're telling your family what you're going to it for lunch as soon as you look down at your lunch? >> >> democratic senators tom harkin and dick durbin hosted a forum on immigrants in a middle school in ames, iowa. both are supporters of a bill for undocumented immigrants. this is just over an hour. >> thank you all very much for coming. [applause] >> thank you all very much for coming. i'm the director -- move along here. thank you all for being here. and for this extremely important topic. and one that we just -- i appreciate -- my good friend dick durbin, senator durbin from illinois. >> 12 years ago when we first started on the dream act. so, senator, thank you so much for your work. [ applause ] well, as i greet you this morning, i'm reminded of a famous incident involving franklin roosevelt. he was addressing the daughters of the ameri
in the east room before heading off to a summer vacation in martha's vineyard. here on c-span, we will open up our phone lines to get your reaction, your thoughts on what you heard from the president and a couple of ways for you to participate is by phone, of course. you can also post your comments on facebook. we put the question earlier c-span chat is the hash a lot going on including u.s.- russia relations, the implementation of the health care law, and asking questions about the u.s. russian relations that he did not think it was the right thing to do to boycott the 2014 olympics and also spoke earlier about his relationship with vladimir putin. earlier today, secretary of state john kerry and chuck hagel, secretary of defense, meeting in the state department with their counterparts in the russian government. we have video of that and we will show it to you later. let's get to your comments. what did you think of the residence news conference? republican line from pomona, california. two comments. are you really serious that president obama is comparing the efficiency of his administration
are showing encore presentations of "first ladies" on season one. programs on every first lady from martha washington to ida mckinley. tonight's program focuses on the life of caroline harrison.  >> caroline scott harrison was born in 1832 where she met benjamin harrison. she grew into an accomplished artist, interested in women's issues. although the harrison presidency has been rated as fairly unsuccessful by some historians, those who tracked first ladies considered carolina harrison as one of the more underrated to serve in this role. we'll learn why in this segment of "first ladies: influence and image" and here to tell us more about the story of carolina harrison, our two guests who now the office well. edie mayo, thanks for coming back. and bill seale, white house historian, has spent his professional career understanding the history of that building. bill and edie are both members of c-span's academic advisory committee for this series. we're going to start with an illustration tonight. the white house itself is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. i think -- >> cer
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